Staff & Board

The CBF Staff and Board work together to improve and shape the future of the Columbia Basin through philanthropy. We care about your legacy and look forward to making your philanthropic passions become reality. We look forward to meeting you!

2019 CBF Office Staff

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Corinne Isaak, Office Administrator

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Corinne graduated from Shorewood High School in 1988. She headed for Pullman, WA and graduated in 1991 with a BA in Humanities-English/Business and a BA in Education in 1992. For the last 27 years, she and her husband, Brian Isaak, have lived in Coulee City, WA where they farm and love raising their 5 children. Corinne started her career as the ACH High School English teacher in Hartline then transitioned to marketing and philanthropic endeavors over the last two decades. She has devoted her time and talents to building community programs and serves on a variety of boards that promote the Columbia Basin. In 2004, she joined the CBF Board and served for 11 years before becoming the Director of Communications for the Foundation. In 2019, she became a CBF Office Administrator. Currently, she serves on the ACH Foundation, Coulee City Chamber of Commerce, Coulee City PTO, DNA Academy, Ephrata Rotary, and Grant County Tourism. In her spare time, she directs the Coulee Kids’ Community Choir, organizes the Cow Pie Jog and the Coulee City Youth weekly meal program. With a philanthropic heart, she pursues her professional passion to enrich and improve the lives of people in the Columbia Basin and beyond.

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Leslie Taylor, Office Administrator

In 2016, Leslie Taylor relocated to Grant County after her husband Robert Edwards retired and she wrapped up 18+ years of working at AT&T. Raised in central Minnesota, an aptitude for math led to a career in Information Technology in financial and telecommunication industries. Leslie is active in disaster preparedness efforts both at work and in her community through the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team program. She is also highly committed to her chosen hometown of Soap Lake, volunteering in local events such as the Pow Wow, WinterFest, and in the centennial year of 2019 additional events like the Fun Run, the Great Soap Lake Adventure Paddle and the Moonlight Paddle. Being an office administrator for the Columbia Basin Foundation is a gratifying way to serve the community and a great way to meet the people who make such a difference in the Columbia Basin. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys exploring the area, learning local history and spending time with her daughter in Spokane.


2019 CBF Board of Directors / Officers

The Board of Directors of the Foundation consists of private citizens who are chosen to be representatives of the public interest and for their knowledge of the community and our region. The 9 to 15 Directors are members of the various communities served by the Foundation. They serve staggered three year terms. Our board of volunteers currently represents the following communities: Ephrata, Moses Lake, Othello and Quincy.

Ephrata

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Huc Dilling, Secretary

Huc joined the board in 2007.
Huc has been in various management roles and Retail Agronomy Sales for CHS-Sun Basin Growers for the last 19 years. Huc was born and raised on a farm just north of Moses Lake. After graduating from Moses Lake High School, he went on to Washington State University where he graduated with a BS degree in Agronomy. Huc is married to Laurie; they have lived in Ephrata since 1997 and have 4 awesome kids (3 grown children and one high school senior). Along with currently serving on the CBF Board, Huc has served as president of Upper Valley Summer Swim League and the Ephrata Summer Swim team as well as the Big Bend Agriculture Advisory Board. In his free time, Huc enjoys spending time with his family, wood working and outdoor activities. Go Cougs!

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Jean Frazier, Board member

Jean joined the board in 2011.

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Sylvia Hammond, Board member

Sylvia joined the board in 2016.
Sylvia is passionate about education and encouraging a bright future for coming generations. She is the mother of five children and worked as a substitute teacher at Ephrata High School for ten years. Additionally, Sylvia served as PTA President and spent years volunteering in Ephrata classrooms and with extracurricular activities. She advocates for women, children and the homeless through her involvement in community, church and political organizations. She and her husband Dave, who taught at Big Bend Community College, have lived, farmed and taught in rural Ephrata for 38 years. Sylvia’s interests include travel, hiking, reading, art, music and photography.

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Tom Moncrief, Board President

Tom joined the board in 2006. 
He has been an independent insurance agent since 1984. He is currently associated with Duda Insurance Agency. Tom is married to his wife, Terri, and they have two grown children, who are also both married. He has three grandchildren. Tom enjoys volunteering and helping others in many capacities within his church and the community of Ephrata.

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Stephen Reagan, Treasurer

Stephen joined the board in 2016.
He is an attorney who practices law in Ephrata, WA. Although he grew up in Iowa, he made Central Washington his home almost a decade ago. Being surrounded by agriculture his entire life, Stephen found Central Washington a perfect fit for his family. Having four amazing children, he appreciates the fact that there are those in the community who seek for opportunities to support and recognize our local youth. In an effort to give back to the community, Stephen feels strongly that his work with the Columbia Basin Foundation will not only provide service to the members of our community, but also to assist those looking to give back and support others who are deserving or otherwise in need of assistance and recognition. Stephen enjoys golfing, fishing, and many other outdoor activities that are readily available in the Basin.


Moses Lake

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Mary Frederick, Vice President

Mary joined the board in 2017.
Mary joined the foundation to give back and have a positive influence on the community she has called home since 1988. As a former high school teacher, she is passionate about education as well as helping those who are struggling or need a voice. Mary began teaching Business in Clarkston, WA, where she met her husband Brooke. They later moved to Germany where they taught for the Department of Defense. After returning to the US they settled in Moses Lake where they raised their two sons, Cameron and Brandt. Mary has been volunteering with Kiwanis and Key Club since 1997, served as Executive Director for the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation, and is an advocate and volunteer for several community and political organizations. Mary enjoys spending time at Priest Lake, traveling to Mexico and Europe, and visiting her grown children.

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Wendy Mickelsen, board member

Wendy joined the board in 2010.
Wendy was born and raised on the west side in Chehalis, Washington. She has lived with her family in the Moses Lake/Ephrata area since 2002. Wendy graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Psychology in 1993. She has been a licensed attorney since 1996, having graduated from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. For many years, Wendy was able to follow her heart, spending most of her time and energy raising her 3 active daughters. However, she recently returned to the practice of law in Ephrata as Of Counsel at Moberg, Rathbone & Kearns (formerly Jerry Moberg & Associates). Her husband, Denny, is a third-generation dairy farmer with his father and brother. Her daughters have attended school in Ephrata, and have thrived under the blessings of growing up in a small, close-knit community.

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James Shank, Board member

James joined the board in 2019.
James is currently a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; before that, he was a teacher in the Moses Lake School District. He loves this community and is passionate about working to improve this area that we call home. James volunteers in many activities in addition to the Columbia Basin Foundation and believes in community service. He chose to be on the CBF Board to inspire and set an example for others who are looking for ways to contribute to our area's well being. James and Dorian have two kids, Jacob and Karlye; Jacob is in his third year at CWU and Karlye is in her first year at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA. After high school, James joined the Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. Upon completion of his military commitment, James attended Tacoma Community College earning an A.A.S. degree; he then transferred to CWU to complete his B.A. in Social Studies Education. While attending TCC, James served as the ASTCC Student Body President and received the Ellen Pinto student of the year award. James and Dorian were married in July 1998.


Othello

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Lynda Bowers, Board member

Lynda joined the board in 2016.
After having been raised in Tekoa, WA, she moved to Othello, WA when she was in high school. She graduated from OHS, WSU, and received her master’s degree from EWSU. As a teacher in the Othello School District for 31 years, Lynda received the “Teacher of the Year” awards from the Chamber of Commerce and Walmart. She currently manages her own farming business. Lynda has volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations, such as: Othello Beautification, Othello Senior Center, Beta, Chairman of the Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant, and a Judge for many area Jr. Miss Competitions. Serving on the board of the Othello Community Hospital is especially dear to her heart as her grandparents were instrumental in establishing the hospital. Lynda has two children, Todd and Alexis, and two grandchildren, Alexi and Thomas. She enjoys spending time with her family. Lynda has traveled to China, Laos, Thailand, and Mexico. She enjoys traveling and has visited many areas around the US. She enjoys working toward improving her community and schools.


Quincy

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Dave Thomsen, Board member

Dave joined the board in 2017.

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Tom Overcast, Board member

Tom joined the board in 2009.
He has practiced law since 1985 with his main office (Overcast Law Offices, PS) located in Wenatchee with a second office in Quincy. His practice is limited almost exclusively to estate planning and probate, agricultural matters and business/corporate representation having represented clients from all over North Central Washington and the Columbia Basin. Tom grew up in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School. He received his undergraduate and Master's degrees (both in psychology) from Western Washington University and his law degree and PhD. in psychology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He raised his family in Edmonds, Washington, before returning to the "good" side of the Cascades in 2001. His wife, Kay Kenyon, is a successful full-time novelist. In their free time they enjoy some golf, travel, and grandchildren. Tom's idea of a good day is a book, fresh coffee and a free day to read - or a long day on his motorcycle. Having previously served terms on the Board of Directors of the Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center, the Hospice Foundation of North Central Washington and the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce, Tom believes strongly in the mission of Columbia Basin Foundation and in giving back to the community that was instrumental in the trajectory of his life.